Chris Shaw was named Second Team All-ACC on Monday, the lone Boston College Eagle to receive conference baseball honors. It was the second time he received honors, having been named first-team all conference last season.
Shaw finished the season with a .319 batting average despite missing nearly three weeks with a broken bone in his hand. At the time of his injury, the Lexington, Massachusetts native was hitting .339 with a .686 slugging percentage. He was one of the ACC's top hitters with 11 homers and 41 RBI.
He would fail to go yard after returning, but he registered a couple more RBI to finish with 43 on the season, 14 more than the next highest Eagle. He finished with a .611 slugging percentage and .411 on-base percentage while registering 88 total bases. Additionally, he posted a .978 fielding percentage as one of the team's key outfielders.
Shaw's honors kick off an offseason that will become more and more interesting as the MLB Entry Draft approaches. Widely regarded as one of the best pure power hitters in the pool of eligible players, his projections are still all over the board, with some holding him as a potential first round pick.
While an outfielder at BC, it is more likely he will be drafted as a first baseman, the position he played out of high school. A graduate of Lexington High School, he was picked in the 26th round by the New York Mets. At the time, he projected as high as the 15th round according to some scouts.
Last season, Andrew Chin was selected in the 15th round by the New York Yankees, 452nd overall. Chin remained under the control of the Yankees through the summer when he attended summer ball as part of the Chatham Anglers within the Cape Cod Baseball League. Chin eventually signed on the last eligible day for teams to sign their draft picks.
Of players drafted in the '14 MLB Entry Draft, only three picks in the first five rounds did not sign professional contracts, with only one of those being a current collegiate athlete. Trevor Megill of Loyola Marymount chose not to sign with St. Louis after being selected 104th overall, and both Brady Aiken and Jacob Nix—high school athletes who were both picked by the Houston Astros—enrolled together at the IMG Academy in Bradenton. Aiken was the first overall pick but did not sign with Houston after health issues arose, including arm inflammation.
Only one other pick in the first 10 rounds—Zack Zehner of Cal Poly, picked by Toronto with the 204th pick—did not sign.
The MLB Entry Draft will take place between June 8th and June 10th this season. The deadline for choices to sign with parent club contracts is July 17th, three days after the MLB All Star Game and two weeks before the trade deadline.
Shaw is just the second Eagle to ever earn all-conference from the ACC twice, joining Mickey Wiswall's first team All-ACC in 2010 and second-team All-ACC in 2009.
Within the ACC, five Louisville players were named first team to lead all teams. Full release can be found here.